Samir Mardini, M.D., is professor of Surgery and chair of the Division of Plastic Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Dr. Mardini is director of the Facial Paralysis and Reanimation Clinic, co-director of the Cleft and Craniofacial Clinic and surgical director of the Face Transplant Program for the Essam and Dalal Obaid Center for Reconstructive Transplant Surgery. Dr. Mardini completed his Plastic Surgery residency at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He then completed a one-year Craniofacial Fellowship, a two-year Reconstructive Microsurgery Fellowship, and two years in an academic plastic surgery position before joining the staff at Mayo Clinic. His primary clinical focus is on craniofacial surgery in children and adults with a special interest in facial nerve and face transplantation.
Dr. Mardini has strong research interests in facial nerves, face transplantation, regenerative medicine, cleft and craniofacial diseases and 3D imaging and virtual surgical planning. He has published over 130 peer-reviewed articles and over 30 book chapters and three books. Dr. Mardini is also an editorial board member of Seminars in Plastic Surgery, as well as a reviewer for Journal of Surgery Research, Microsurgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Seminars in Plastic Surgery, Surgery and Transplantation Journal.
Dr. Mardini is also active in teaching and mentoring. He served for eight years as program director for Plastic Surgery, Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education. He is also a member of multiple Mayo Clinic enterprise committees. He is a founding member of the American Society for Reconstructive Transplantation and the World Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery and holds memberships in many other prominent professional organizations. Dr. Mardini’s most recent honors include the Ahmad M. Obaid Honored Scholar in Reconstructive Surgery, conferred by Mayo Clinic; and the Godina Traveling Fellowship Award, conferred by the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery. Dr. Mardini serves as a surgeon for organizations performing volunteer surgeries around the world.